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The Influence of Food Quantity and Photoperiod During the Pre-adult Stages on Flight Muscle Development in Adult Philonthus decorus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) and Pterostichus oblongopunctatus (Coleoptera: Carabidae)

Schaick Zillesen van, Pieter G.; Brunsting, Arend M. H

Entomologia Generalis Volume 9 Number 3 (1984), p. 143 - 147

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published: Mar 1, 1984

DOI: 10.1127/entom.gen/9/1984/143

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Abstract

Flight muscle development in adult Philonthus decorus (Gravenhorst 1802) and Pterostichus oblongopunctatus (Fabricius 1787) depends on environmental factors prevailing during larval development. Shortage of food and a photoperiod which deviates from natural conditions during pre-adult development increase the percentage of individuals with conspicuous flight muscles in both species. Following a discussion of these phenomena it is concluded that they represent an adaptation to a deteriorating environment.

Keywords

Pterostichus oblongopunctatusPhilonthus decorus